Thursday, 23 September 2004

Views around Eames

From Canada, the Anglican Journal has this report by Marites N Sisson
Church awaits critical commission report which contains quotes from Alyson Barnett-Cowan a Canadian commission member.

Canon Alyson Barnett-Cowan, a Canadian member of the commission, refused to provide details of the report, but said that all 17 members of the commission — who represent varying, sometimes contradictory voices — agreed on the recommendations. No one, she said, was expected to disassociate themselves from it.
“There was a very strong sense of commitment, of wanting to make it work,” she said.

David C. Steinmetz from Duke Divinity School has written this article for the Orlando Sentinel
Damage control in the Episcopal Church

Ever since a majority of Episcopal bishops supported the ordination of an openly gay priest as bishop of New Hampshire, the Anglican Communion (of which the Episcopal Church is a province) has been subjected to a wrenching civil war. Although schism, or permanent division in the church, has not yet occurred, there has been more than a hint of it in the air.

According to Bishop John Howe of Orlando, who voted against the consecration of a gay bishop, every diocese of the Episcopal Church — traditionalist and liberal — has lost money, members and priests. The large Diocese of Virginia reported some months ago that it had lost more than $845,000 in income and was forced to lower its contribution to the national church by $257,428.

Not all of the costs have been financial. Ecumenical relations with the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox churches have been seriously impaired and various provinces of the Anglican Communion around the world have declared themselves in broken or impaired relationship with the Episcopal Church.

Remember those American bishops who were going to visit London? Well, they did come, and did see RW, and one of the wrote this letter about it.

Our desire was first to describe to Archbishop Williams our experiences working toward reconciliation and unity in our respective dioceses and in the American province as a whole, what is contributing to that effort, and what is deterring or undermining it. We spoke very candidly about the American Anglican Council and the Network of Anglican Communion Dioceses and Parishes, how we are experiencing their activities and actions, and about the activities of bishops from other dioceses and other provinces of the Anglican Communion within our jurisdictions. Second, we sought from the Archbishop some sense of how our continuing efforts might best support him in his work to bring greater unity to the Anglican Communion. Third, we described to Dr. Williams how we felt his ministry and leadership could most support the American Church.

The nature of our conversation was frank and direct, and the Archbishop was both open and responsive. It was, however, a private conversation, and in that respect confidential. In the last year too many people have taken the Archbishop’s remarks in similar consultations and used them publicly to further their particular perspectives and agendas. I know you will understand when I refuse to compromise either his trust or our common work toward unity in the mission of Christ’s Church by repeating here or elsewhere his reflections and responses.

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